IoD opens new hub for members at Milton Keynes College

May 26, 2014

Members from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are able to use a host of facilities at the campus following the launch event on Thursday.

The region’s 1,000-plus IoD members will be able to take advantage of an impressive range of benefits at Silbury Campus including access to a comprehensive selection of professional training courses at discounted rates. 

They will also be able to use the building’s state-of-the-art facilities including meeting and conference rooms, office support services and workshops for new businesses.

IoD branch vice-chairman Peter Parkes said: “Many of us travel to London to the IoD in Pall Mall for networking and I’ve long thought wouldn’t it be great if we had somewhere like that in Milton Keynes? 

"I already knew the college though my own work and it struck me as a perfect fit. We can help them and they will help our members.”

A packed launch event was addressed by Dr Ann Limb who chairs the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. Dr Limb told the audience she joined the IoD while serving as Principal at MK College and warmly welcomed the new relationship.

Milton Keynes College director of business engagement Jane Horridge said: “Everyone at Milton Keynes College is delighted and really excited to have the opportunity to host the Institute of Directors here at Silbury Campus. For such a high-powered and important business organisation to choose us is testament to the marvellous facilities and staff we have here. 

“This will give IoD members a place to work where they can access not just the courses and facilities but our students who are themselves a terrific potential resource. 

"The college is all about building partnerships with business and this is precisely the kind of relationship we want and need to help us support the city’s economy. 

"We have a lot to offer companies of all kinds and sizes and this will raise our profile not only in the city but across Buckinghamshire as well.”

IoD branch administrator Terri Stubbings said: “I am so thrilled with the turnout and it’s going to be such a fabulous venue for the members to use. It’s wonderful to have a hub in MK at last; it’s something we really need. It will help us engage with the membership more and join in with College events.”

College principal Dr Julie Mills said: “This symbolises the way we’re supporting the needs of business, not by telling them what we think they should have but by sharing a location like this and learning from them what they need to grow and become more successful.

“It’s a terrific opportunity for the College but it also has huge potential to benefit business in Milton Keynes. It just shows that the College is an education institute but it’s an institute for growth as well.” 

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